Former ESPN reporter and current host of Broncos Connected, Bob Holtzman, joined Benjamin Allbright and Ryan Edwards on Broncos Country Tonight to talk about the Broncos recent hire of Pat Shurmur.
“Having coached against Pat for a number of years, he’s always impressed me.”— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 14, 2020
Coach Fangio on his decision to name Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator: pic.twitter.com/NScpyDFAHl
One of the first questions Holtzman was asked was the perception of Pat Shurmur around the league. “Very well liked,” Holtzman said of Shurmur. “His record as an offensive coordinator speaks for itself, you can say what you want about him as a head coach, but his track record of working with especially young quarterbacks over the years and what he’s done with some of them.....to me he’s the perfect fit for a guy like Drew Lock.”
Via text from a Coach who worked for Pat Shurmur in NY “Really creative offensive mind. Will spread the ball around and use players strength. Let’s his offensive staff have input on the whole game plan to come up with the best plan for each opponent.” #BroncosCountry @KOAColorado— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) January 13, 2020
I exchanged texts with a Giants player who told me this about Pat Shurmur: “Pat is a great offensive mind and I watched Daniel Jones progress during the season and I think he put the rookie quarterback in the best position to succeed.” #BroncosCountry @KOAColorado— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) January 13, 2020
Ryan Edwards made some great points that these were also things that were said about Rich Scangarello, and has a point that we at times talk ourselves into guys as fans or media.
However, Holtzman and Benjamin Allbright seemed more sold on Shurmur being a significant upgrade, and he does bring with him significantly more experience than Rich Scangarello had.
We can and will continue to discuss and debate this from multiple angles, but it is good to hear from those around the league that Shurmur is a well-respected guy and have positive reviews of him as a coach.
Check out the great discussion from the Broncos Country Tonight crew in the audio clip above or linked here.